Top 5 Local Eats to Enjoy at This Year’s National Convention


When attending a convention, many people often wonder where the locals eat. We don’t want you to leave Salt Lake City hungry, so let us answer that question for you. This week we present five local eateries to enjoy while attending the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention, Sept. 21–23.

Close to convention headquarters:

    1. Sawadee, Salt Lake City

      Nestled on Salt Lake City’s historic South Temple, Sawadee’s (754 E. South Temple St., SLC) warm atmosphere will make you feel right at home during dinner. Sawadee was the winner of City Weekly’s Best Thai in its 2012 Best of Utah issue. From convention headquarters, the restaurant is a short cab ride across downtown Salt Lake City. Yellow Curry and Eggplants Stir Fried are a few favorites we recommend.

    2. The Pie Pizzeria, Salt Lake City

      Every city has its own unique pizza scene. The Pie Pizzeria (1320 E. 200 S., SLC) is one of Salt Lake City’s most renowned by local pizza connoisseurs. Located just off the University of Utah campus, it’s easy to find. Don’t worry—The Pie is open until 1 a.m., so you won’t have to pass up that late night pizza craving. The restaurant’s underground atmosphere is a great place to wind down after your busy day at the convention.

    3. Lucky 13, Salt Lake City

      A cheeseburger topped with house-smoked bacon. Let’s say that again, house-smoked bacon. Lucky 13 (135 W. 1300 S., SLC) focuses on using fresh, local ingredients in its made-from-scratch dishes. The menu offers a list of unique gourmet burgers, sandwiches and a variety of salads. With a full bar, pool hall and fantastic food, Lucky 13 gives you a great place to spend the evening. Oh, and don’t forget: house-smoked bacon.

    4. Pat’s Barbecue, Salt Lake City

      After years of winning big at barbecue competitions, Pat’s Barbecue founder had the realization he needed to open up a restaurant in Salt Lake City. Pat’s Barbecue (155 W. Commonwealth Ave. (2125 S.), SLC) has now been serving Salt Lake City award-winning barbecue for years. Locals aren’t the only foodies recognizing Pat’s Barbecue—Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives have even featured Pat’s Barbecue.

      Up for a short road trip?

    5. Ruth’s Diner, Emigration Canyon (East of Salt Lake City)

      Since 1930, Ruth’s Diner (4160 Emigration Canyon Rd.) has been serving a wide variety of American food at its location up Emigration Canyon, just 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. The eatery has a great outdoor patio where you can take in the canyon’s beautiful scenery, while enjoying the company of those you’re attending the convention with. The Caprese Sandwich, Chicken Dijon and Meat Loaf Burger are a few of Ruth’s favorite dishes.

Here are a few other favorites


This list of local eateries will give you a range of options to choose from when deciding on your next meal during the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention.


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